Box vs DropBox
Last updated: July 14, 2017
Box offers free cloud storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online. Companies rely on Box because it's secure, works on any device and scales to meet the needs of small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems.
Latest news about Box and DropBox:
14.07.17. Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers. Box introduced a new developer tool Box Elements, pre-packaged application pieces designed to deliver Box functionality with a few lines of code. Eventually there will be three types of Elements: UI, app and services. Today, the company is launching the UI pieces, which include Content Uploader, which lets developers add drag and drop file capability into any application; Content Explorer, which lets developers insert Box file navigation in any application; Content Preview, which lets developers display any of 120 different file types inside an application including interactive video; and Content Picker, which enables developers to insert file picking capability inside an application. While none of these sound like earth-shattering capabilities, each one would require a fair amount of development time to build from scratch. What Box is offering here is the ability to implement them quickly with little or no content expertise required.
16.06.17. Box introduced desktop app Box Drive. Box unveiled Box Drive, a desktop application that works on Windows and MacOS. Users will be able to credit, edit, find and share files without pulling up a web browser. The desktop app makes it easier to access the cloud because it creates just another drive on your computer like your C drive, so inherently you’re interacting with your local file experience. The app itself is free, but large enterprises like General Electric, P&G and The Gap pay Box for added functionality. Existing customers will have access to the full range of Box Drive capabilities. Earlier this month, Box announced integration with Apple’s new Files app. It will be another way to access Box documents across iOS devices.
14.06.17. Dropbox updated admin panel for Business users. Dropbox is adding more features to its admin dashboard, which is part of its larger AdminX initiative. With the new AdminX, Dropbox hopes to provide a better user experience to the admins who provision accounts and set controls over who can access what. The first thing the company did was to redesign the admin console to make it simpler to use. To improve security, Dropbox is also enabling admins to manage the amount of time employees can stay logged in and access files with new web session control features. It’s also allowing admins to specify certain teams with subdomain verification. By linking certain accounts or users to a subdomain, admins can better control who can access an enterprise’s Dropbox account.
02.02.17. Dropbox launched collaboration app Paper globally in 21 languages. Dropbox is rolling out its note-collaboration app Paper globally localized into 21 languages. It also gets some new tools that allow users to automatically generate presentations and run them through Paper in their browsers. Paper came out in a closed beta in the second quarter last year, and then opened as a public beta in the third quarter. As it’s inched closer to launch, both Google and Salesforce in some ways have thrown their weight behind collaborative tools in a similar vein to Paper. Salesforce bought Quip for $750 million late last year. While Paper was already competing with Quip in some ways, Salesforce’s major acquisition of the company signaled that it was quickly looking to broaden its enterprise toolkit. That means that Dropbox will likely come more into direct competition in this space with Salesforce, which may be able to throw more resources at the problem than Dropbox can. For Dropbox, the hope is that its strategy of religiously tracking user behavior will be part of the edge that keeps them ahead of those larger companies.
12.10.16. Dropbox adds PDF signing, iMessage integrations. Dropbox is updating its iOS app with few new features that should help it continue to have a toehold within larger companies. The first update is PDF signing, which allows users to open PDF files right from their mobile devices and insert signatures and text into them. Another update Dropbox is getting today is an integration with iMessage - rich file-sharing within iMessage that includes previews and the like for its users. Besides, the new lock-screen widget will give users the ability to do the most common actions you might find in a Dropbox app from the lock screen. Tapping on one of the functions will go straight to an operation within Dropbox.
28.07.16. Dropbox adds a new dashboard for IT admins. Cloud storage service Dropbox unveiled AdminX, a new dashboard aimed at IT admins to better tailor and control their companies’ files and users on Dropbox Business accounts. Dropbox says that AdminX has been an internal initiative for a year already: and the premise is simple. While there have been admin tools on Dropbox Business ever since the product was launched, these have not seen much use. So taking a page from its own consumerization book, Dropbox has reimagined them with more intuition and simpler interfaces. At the same time, the company is preparing to launch yet more services that take it beyond basic storage: soon it plans to launch mobile device management as part of the AdminX console so that admins can use Dropbox to control not just Dropbox-based files but actual devices.
22.06.16. Dropbox launched a new way to scan documents with your phone. Dropbox released a slew of new enterprise features. The most interesting new feature is a tool in its mobile application that allows business users to scan documents and upload them directly into Dropbox. The idea is that there is still a lot of activity and business development that happens in the real world, and Dropbox hopes to seamlessly extend that into its services. Here’s one of the more unique aspects: the company uses optical character recognition (or OCR, for short) to recognize text on the document that it’s scanning. That makes content within those documents — if it works — actually searchable inside the app. Given that Dropbox’s strength has generally been its core technology, and its quick synchronization tools, the company is clearly leaning on that in order to build a differentiated product.
03.05.16. Dropbox will allow users to access cloud-only folders from Windows and Mac. Dropbox announced Project Infinite that is going to make managing your local computer storage and cloud storage quite a bit easier. The idea is to allow you to access your files on Dropbox right in Finder or Explorer instead of needing to navigate Dropbox's online interface. In other words, the files look like they're in your computer but actually aren't, allowing you to easily find and manage Dropbox-only files. There is no information about when this update will be coming to Dropbox or whether it will only be available to paid pro users or business users.
20.04.16. Box Zones will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS. Enterprise file collaboration service Box announced Box Zones - a product that lets customers choose a storage component from another vendor, enabling customers to store files in-country when their privacy laws require it. Initially it will work on Amazon Web Services in Ireland, Germany, Japan and Singapore, but the plan is to expand that over time adding new zones using IBM data centers later this year. Eventually Box hopes to make it flexible enough to add any approved storage you like. The product will allow customers in Asia, the Middle East and Europe with legal and regulatory requirements to store their content in-country using third-party storage, and still use the Box service and everything else it brings to the table.
25.11.15. Dropbox allows to edit PDF files on the go. Dropbox users are now able to edit, annotate or comment their PDF files stored in Dropbox, or even electronically sign a PDF using the Acrobat Reader app, while using iOS applications. Support for Android is set to arrive in the near future. This improved support for working with the popular file format comes on the heels of Dropbox’s partnership with Adobe, announced last month, which included Dropbox’s integration into Adobe’s Document Cloud, among other things. Before today, Adobe and Dropbox had already rolled out support for working with PDFs from the Adobe app on the desktop. That is, in addition to opening and viewing files, any edits you made to your files would automatically be saved to your Dropbox when complete.
22.09.15. Dropbox to offer collaboration features to free users. Dropbox is launching a new feature called Dropbox Teams, which makes it easier for people to use their personal accounts at work. The feature will be available to Basic and Pro users over the next week. Here's how it works: Users can create a team folder to keep files in one place. Group members added to the team folder will have access to all the files within that folder. Anyone added to that team will have immediate access to everything, even if they're added later on. There's also an option to link your personal and work Dropbox accounts so that you can switch from one to the other without signing out. The new feature is aimed at smaller companies that may already use Dropbox but don't pay for Dropbox for Business, which offers more advanced features like more administrative and security controls such as two-factor authentication.
23.07.15. Dropbox acquired enterprise communication service Clementine. Dropbox has acquired Clementine, an enterprise communication service. Clementine focuses on internal communication, such as conference calls and chat services that aren’t connected to a personal phone number. It’s an important area for the workplace, given that more and more people are connecting their work software to personal devices. Dropbox is now beefing up its enterprise services to launch a suite of products that help businesses collaborate on files like documents. Recently it launched a tool that lets Dropbox users request files from people who aren’t using Dropbox. Clementine’s services will be shutting down as part of the acquisition, according to the company.
23.01.15. Dropbox for Windows Phone is now available. Right after Microsoft previewed Windows 10 for computers, tablets and phones, Dropbox launches an app for Windows Phone. The free app offers 2GB of Dropbox storage for new users and can automatically back up all of files on your device, just as it can for Apple iOS and Google Android. You can mark files or folders as favorites while offline and later view them when back online. You can share files or folders with a link, backup photos automatically right after snapping them, and favorite files for offline access. And if you have Dropbox accounts for both personal and business use, you can manage them separately within the app.
21.01.15. Dropbox buys mobile office app CloudOn. Dropbox acquired Israel-based mobile productivity startup CloudOn. CloudOn claims to have nine million registered users of its service, which allows users to edit, create and share files from Microsoft Office and others online. CloudOn has ceased allowing new user sign-ups today, and it confirmed that its products will shut for good on March 2015 as its 30-person team transitions to working for Dropbox. “We’re thrilled to continue building things that help people work better — and we’re proud and excited to join the Dropbox team to help people be more productive every day,” CloudOn’s executive team wrote.
22.11.14. Box introduced new mobile web interface. Cloud file collaboration service Box announced the newly updated mobile web site (m.box.com) and accessibility site (a.box.com). Now Box mobile web users will enjoy the same intuitive navigation and visually appealing interface that Box native mobile apps offer – without having to install a mobile app. In addition to refreshing the layout and visual design, Box added a set of new features, including high-fidelity HTML5 document previewing, improved collaboration, which now includes inviting and managing collaborators, fine-grained file sharing controls for setting and modifying shared links, support for Box Notes, optimized performance so the site loads faster, especially over cellular networks. The new file preview experience makes sharing your content easy, even on the go. Now when you send a shared link to someone outside of your organization, they can preview and comment on your Box content right from their mobile web browser.
05.11.14. Microsoft Office integrates with Dropbox. Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership that will see Dropbox better support Microsoft’s Office suite. The deal has four main parts: Quickly editing Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app; accessing Dropbox docs from Office apps; sharing Dropbox links of Office apps; and the creation of first-party Dropbox apps for Microsoft’s mobile offerings. No you can add your Dropbox account to Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint mobile apps, navigate folders and files on Dropbox to view and edit in the native Office apps. In return, Dropbox will encourage its users to turn to Microsoft Office applications to edit and create their documents in the first place. Microsoft has another alliance with Box to ease co-existence of Office 365 and Box cloud storage and file sync software.
08.09.14. Box unveiled world's first industry specific file storage. File storage and sharing market has become very tough. Pricing tend to zero, and the cloud space - to infinity. Support of all platforms - is no longer a competitive advantage, but a must-have feature. So providers have to invent something new. For example, Box decided to create file storage services for specific industries - retail, medicine, media, education, etc. What is the difference of storing and sharing files in retail and medicine? Well, there is no big difference. But Box marketers have created interesting videos and custom web pages for each industry. Anyway, it's nice when service provider understands the needs of your business. In addition, next year Box developers will add the business processes component - Box Workflow with process templates for different industries.
28.08.14. Dropbox gives paid subscribers 1TB of cloud storage. At last Dropbox joins the cloud-storage Price War that's already almost over (Google Drive and Box already offer unlimited storage). From now Dropbox provides 1 terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month. Besides the new storage qoutes, the service added new features enabling users to add passwords for shared links and set expiration dates that will take shared files down after a certain amount of time. Users will also be able to set view-only permissions to shared folders to ensure that their files aren’t messed with by people they’re shared with. Another feature that is now available to Pro users is the ability to remotely wipe files from your Dropbox folder if your laptop happens to get lost or stolen. With new pricing and updates to its Pro offering, Dropbox is hoping to show that it can compete on price while also providing greater value to paying users through a number of new features they probably won’t find on other services.
18.08.14. Box Notes is available on Android. Box updated its Android app and added the lightweight document editor Box Notes to it. With the latest version of Box for Android, you’ll be able to create, view and edit Box Notes just like you do on the web. Box Notes on Android features seamless integration into the native menus, allowing for all the basic editor features you’d expect: cut, copy, paste, bold, italic, underline, bullet list, numbered list, indent and outdent. Besides, it’s now possible to create checklists using Box Notes (on the web and in mobile apps) and the interface is translated to all of supported languages. The Box for Android update also comes with a ton of additional new features to enhance your productivity, including recently opened files, advanced settings for shared URLs and fine-grained admin controls.
16.07.14. Box gives businesses unlimited storage, adds Office 365 integration. Box CEO Aaron Levie announced that Cloud Wars are over. At least in terms of cloud storage costs. From now, the normal price of this resource is zero. In other words, Box cloud storage for business now has no limit on the size and number of files that your employees can upload to your online account. Recall recently Google launched the enterprise version of Google Drive also with unlimited cloud storage. Besides the unlimited storage, Box introduced integration plugins for Office 365. First plugin - for Outlook - allows you to quickly attach file links to emails from Box (instead of sending files). Second - for desktop Office editors - allows to open documents from Box online storage and save them backward.